Bachelor of Arts with Secondary Teacher Certification

Secondary Education

Students preparing to teach in secondary schools may complete the requirements for a teaching certificate in connection with their degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Education or the College of Engineering & Science.

The requirements for a secondary school teaching certificate include completion of a teaching major and teaching minor in an academic subject area appropriate to the secondary school and the professional education sequence. In most instances, the degree major constitutes the teaching major.

Students in the secondary teacher education program are assigned an Education advisor in the Education Department upon admission to the teacher certification program to plan the completion of the teaching major, the teaching minor and the education sequence of courses.

Teaching Majors and Minors

A teaching major consists of not less than 30 semester hours in a single discipline or 36 semester hours in a group of disciplines. A teaching minor consists of not less than 20 semester hours in a single discipline or not less than 24 semester hours in a group of disciplines. The department reserves the right to require specific courses in the major and minor.

The following teaching majors and minors are approved by the State Board of Education for Secondary Certification:

Majors:

Minors:

Teacher Certification Required Courses-Secondary

Note: Teacher education students are expected to have passed all of the Michigan Basic Skills tests (reading, mathematics and writing) within the first two semesters of enrollment in teacher education.

Students planning to become certified to teach in secondary schools must complete 35 semester credit hours in the following sequence of Education courses.

  • EDU 4000 Introduction to Education (Must be completed within the first two semesters of enrollment in a Teacher Education Program) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4320 Psychology of Education (with Lab) (Pre or co-requisite: EDU 4000. Prerequisite for all methods courses: 4780, 4690, 4710, 4730, 4740) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education 3 cr.
  • EDU 4400 School and Society 3 cr.
  • SED 4600 Mainstreaming and Education of Exceptional Persons 3 cr.
  • EDU 4590 Instructional Technology 3 cr.
  • EDU 4780 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4690 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools I
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320. This course is a prerequisite for EDU 4710, 4730, 4740, 4750. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.

One of the following:

  • EDU 4710 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools II: Mathematics
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320, EDU 4690. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4730 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools II: Social Studies
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320, EDU 4690. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4740 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools II: Communication Arts
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320, EDU 4690. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.
  • EDU 4750 Curriculum and Methods of Teaching in Secondary Schools II: Science
    (Prerequisite: EDU 4320, EDU 4690. Must be admitted into Teacher Certification Program*) 3 cr.

AND

  • EDU 4900 Directed Teaching in the Secondary Schools (All Education coursework must be completed before doing
    student teaching) 8 cr.
* See current Teacher Certification Handbook for requirements

Post Degree Certification

Post-degree is our "non-degree" route to teacher certification. Post-degree students may prepare for an elementary or secondary teaching certificate in the College of Liberal Arts & Education.

In addition, students pursuing elementary education are required to fulfill the following general studies requirements:

  • English Writing 3 cr.
  • Speech 3 cr.
  • Literature 3 cr.
  • Computer Science 3 cr.
  • Math for Elementary Teachers 6 cr.
  • General Science 6 cr.
  • Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
  • Multicultural Understanding 3 cr.
  • Humanities 6 cr.
  • Social Studies 6 cr.
  • Social Responsibility 6 cr.
  • Humanities: Art, Music, or Drama 3 cr.

Students pursuing secondary education are required to have fulfilled the following general studies requirements:

  • English Writing 3 cr.
  • Speech 3 cr.
  • Computer Science 3 cr.
  • Intermediate Algebra 3 cr.
  • Science 3 cr.
  • Developmental Psychology 3 cr.
  • Multicultural Understanding 3 cr.
  • Humanities 9 cr.
  • Social Science 9 cr.
  • Social Responsibility 6 cr.
 

Minor in Education

The Education Department offers Minor in Education. This 18 credit hour minor is designed for those students who are interested in applying content knowledge in diverse settings and working with diverse populations. The course work is based on the Education Department’s Conceptual Framework which addresses the ethical behaviors for demonstrating how a teacher as scholar, inquirer and moral agent interacts with their constituents in the role of educator.

Minor in Education Required Courses:

EDU 4000 Introduction to Education

EDU 4400 School and Society

EDU 4200 Philosophy of Education

EDU 4320 Psychology of Education

EDU 4590 Instructional Technology

EDU 4455 Applied Educational Strategies

Total: 18 cr.

*A minor in Education does not prepare a student for teacher certification in Michigan.

UDM Teacher Education Attains National Accreditation!

The University of Detroit Mercy Education Department is proud to announce its national accreditation by the Teacher Education Council (TEAC) effective October 25, 2012.

We are now entitled to use the TEAC affiliation and accreditation in the University of Detroit Mercy Teacher Education Program.  Our mission is to develop educators who:

  • Are ethical, value-directed persons;
  • Possess a scholarly mastery of subject matter;
  • Recognize that all children can learn; and
  • Engage students in an interactive, dynamic process of learning

The Education Department is granted TEAC Initial Accreditation for a period of five years, from October 2012 to October 2017.  This accreditation certifies that the University of Detroit Mercy’s professional education program has provided evidence it adheres to TEAC’s Quality Principles.

In keeping with TEAC’s policy on Program Performance Disclosure (Policy XI), the Education Department is posting a link on our program’s website to the Summary of the Case that is also posted on the TEAC website (www.teac.org/membership/teac-members) and to the Title II Reporting Website (https://title2.ed.gov/Title2STRC/DataTools/Files.aspx).  

Congratulations to the UDM Department of Education on achieving national accreditation from the Teacher Accreditation Council!

Funding Your Education 

Get 60% off your tuition through the School Educator’s Tuition Remission Discount 

If you are currently working full-time as a teacher, substitute, administrator, paraprofessional, counselor, or teacher’s aid of an elementary or secondary school you may be eligible to receive 60% off your tuition. Applicants in good standing must enroll in an education program to be eligible. 

For the application for this discount please visit the following link: 

www.udmercy.edu/apply/financial_aid/forms/additional.../Remission.pdf

MTTC Financial Assistance

If you are currently enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at UDM you may qualify to receive a voucher to cover the cost of the MTTC content exam.  This offer is extended to those enduring a financial hardship or a substantial financial burden.  You may apply for this voucher by clicking the below link to access the application.   Please submit the completed application to Reno Hall room 247.    This application is not associated with those taking the Michigan Basic Skills Test (MBST), those seeking assistance for the cost of study materials or other supplies. 

MTTC Voucher Application